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Since I don’t really DNF books and if I do I don’t record it today I’m going to list books that looking back I wish I’d DNFed:

All the Bright Places – This is a book that is massively popular but I’m being honest I’m just not a massive fan. I’m not sure I can even put finger on why but to me it felt quite cliché and like other books I’ve read.

Pandemonium – This series just had a load of really random and very frustrating endings so I stopped after this book but I wish I hadn’t bothered with this one either the ending was so annoying!

If I Stay – This is another popular YA contemporary that I just wasn’t big fan of. If I’m being honest it wasn’t that memorable so I can’t even tell you why I didn’t enjoy it but I just remember not being bothered by it the whole way through.

Fallen – I read this in that period of time where everyone was absolutely obsessed with paranormal YA, just after Twilight but this one just wasn’t great at all!

The Selection – The issue with this one was it wasn’t what I expected – I’d heard so many good things from other people and the blurb made it sound super exciting and dramatic so when it came to it I felt a little let down.

Hush, Hush – Another paranormal YA that I read in that period of time when that was the only type of book I seemed to read but it wasn’t really that great. It’s just very similar to lots of other books I’ve read.

Looking for Alaska – I’m not the biggest John Green fan but I did enjoy both The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. However I just wasn’t really a big fan of this one, who knows why?

This isn’t quite ten, I only made it to seven but here are the books I wish I’d DNFed! Which books do you wish you’d DNFed?


Now this might seem like a bit of an odd post from a book blogger and book lover, but we have to face the truth. We can’t possibly keep all the books we’ve ever owned so how do we get rid of them?

1. Gift them to family or friends – perhaps you’ve grown out of a certain book, so then why not gift it to a younger friend or relative? Or if you’ve got more than one copy of a book you enjoyed then maybe you could give it to a friend with similar reading tastes.

2. Send them to a charity shop – Charity shops are always looking for things to sell and books are always popular! Charity shops will take any book in decent condition and will be able to turn your unwanted books into money for charities. And in the UK there are loads of different choices of charity shops from Cancer Research to Save the Children and RSCPA so you can send your books off to a charity that means a lot to you.

3. Sell them – If you have particularly good book, perhaps a signed copy or good quality box set you could try selling them on somewhere like eBay – I know I’ve bought books second hand online before.

4. Send them off on book selling websites – You send off boxes of books to websites such as Zapper and Ziffit where you can sell books for somewhere between 3p to £1.50. They won’t take every book and they have a minimum of £5 or £10 worth of books before they’ll allow you to send them a box but this can be a good way to make a bit of money very easily from some of your old books before you send them rest of them off to a charity shop.

5. Swap them on #booksfortrade – Obviously you can’t sell ARCs so this is a great way to give rid of some of your old ARCs you don’t want and get some new books in return.

So those are my top five ways of getting rid of books! Have you tried any of these or do you have other ways of getting rid of old books?

Today is World Book Day – the day we celebrate books and reading and all the awesomeness that comes along with it! Don’t get me wrong, I’m up for celebrating books all year round but there’s something special about today!

I have fond memories of World Book Day – the first of which must have been when I was about 7 ish and dressed up as Sophie from The BFG in my pink nighty and a pair of my dad’s old glasses with the lenses removed. I remember being so proud of my costume and absolutely loving the day.

The next World Book Day I remember we had a pyjama day where everyone came in wearing their pjs and we drank hot chocolate and read the books we’d brought in.

Since then, there has been less dressing up but just as much reading and celebrating books so here’s to a great (albeit snowy) World Book Day and making fond memories for the future!

I’m a teenage girl and maybe I’m an anomaly but I’ve never had to choose between two ridiculously handsome guys that are fighting over me. Come to think of it, none of my friends have either. In fact I don’t think I’ve heard of a single real teenager being involved in the trauma that is a love triangle. So why are there so many damn love triangles in YA books?

I may have never had to choose between my own Peeta and Gale or Edward and Jacob, but I’ve certainly had my fair share of friendship triangles. For those of who you who don’t know what that is (which is entirely fair enough – it’s not exactly a technical term) it’s basically the frienship equivalent of a love triangle, that is to say having to make hard choices between friends and the jealousy and friction which can occur in mutiple people friendships.

One of these struggles I can remember most vividly is when I moved to secondary, with many of my friends from my primary and obviously got introduced to a whole new pool of potential friends, one of whom I became close with pretty much immeadiately. We had surnames that began with the same letter, meaning we sat next to each other in pretty much every lesson and had lots of similar interests. This caused conflict between me and my best friend, who felt like she’d been replaced and over time we grew apart. Now we’re acquaintances and we make polite chat regularly but we’re not at all close. Of course, I can only tell my side of the story and how I experienced things and I can’t speak for either of the other girls but this is just one fo the many examples I have in my own life of the challenging dynamics of friendships.

So if this is such a real struggle occuring in teenager’s lives, why is so rarely depicted in young adult novels? Why are we so insistent on focusing on romantic turmoil? Perhaps it’s simply because it makes better reading and forces readers to pick sides, getting them invested in the book. Or maybe it’s due to the fact friendships can be a lot more painful and real for a lot of us.

I’m 18 years old and I’ve never been on a date or been in a relationship. I have had and continue to have countless friends. They are some of the most important people in my life and I don’t know what my life would look like without them. Currently I am more than perfectly happy being single and I see no difference in happiness between my single friends and those who are dating. But when people have difficulties with their friendships, that’s when they really struggle. If this is really the case, why don’t YA books reflect the world teenagers actually live in?

Luckily, not all YA books are lacking meaningful friendships that have their ups and downs, so to end I thought I’d share some of my favourite books with a focus on friendships or that contain friendship triangles.

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

So we survived the first month of 2017! Great work from all of us! And when it comes to blogging it went pretty well for me!

This month I read:

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I reviewed these three books here.

My most popular posts this month were:

My Bullet Journal

Top Ten Book I really liked But Can’t Remember Much About

Books I’ve preordered

So those were my three most popular posts this month and all in all I did very well in January in terms of stats – I had my best ever month in all the time I’ve been blogging and reached 700 blog followers!

This month I received:

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Perfect – the UK paperback

These were both books I preordered for myself with an Amazon voucher that I got for Christmas so it was a nice present for me from me in January which is often a hard month!

This month I also joined the Amazon affiliate program which means I might hopefully be able to make a little bit of money from blogging. Obviously I blog because I love it but I do think it would be really cool if I could make some money from it, even if it’s only 10p!

So all in all it was a pretty good month for me, I did a fair amount of reading, managed to keep blogging fairly consistently and really enjoyed myself!

How did your January go? Did you write a Wrap Up? If so send me a link!

Now we’re in a new year, I thought I’d share with you my bookish bucket list!

  1. Read a book in each of the three languages I’m learning – French, Spanish and Russian (This is, outside of class)
  2. Be quoted in a book. I’d love for one of my reviews to be quoted in a published book!
  3. Make some money blogging. Even if it’s just 10p from my new affiliate links, I think it would be really cool to earn something doing something I love so much.
  4. Go to an official blogging event. Technically I’ve been to one of these before but it was ages ago and I’d love to be able to go to more, perhaps a bit more regularly
  5. Reach 1000 blog followers. This just looks like a massive number to me so I would absolutely love to reach it.
  6. Participate in some sort of blogger pen pal or gift swapping scheme. I’ve seen so many cool ones and I’d love to join in some day – it just hasn’t been possible for me yet.
  7. Be a rep for a bookish merch company. I’ve seen a few chances come up for this, I don’t think now’s quite the right time but I’d love to do this someday.
  8. Tell people in my real life about my blog. Currently no one in my real life knows about my blog but I’d love to be confident enough to tell people.
  9. Win a blogger award. I know there are so many great book bloggers out there, this is unlikely to happen but what’s a bucket list without a couple of crazy dreams?
  10. Be happy with my stats. This isn’t really related to what I achieve as statistics but more my attitude towards them. I spend a lot of time worrying about my stats and I want this to stop!

What’s on your blogging or bookish bucket list? Let me know!

On the Fence by Kasie West – A cutesy contemporary with some great family relationships
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – A cute romance set in Paris
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – a fab YA fantasy with a great herione
poison study
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – not your cliché werewolf romance
Gone by Michael Grant – all the adults disappear, what happens next?
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – yet another adorable contemporary romance with great family dynamics

my life next door

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – An unusual paranormal romance with a historical aspect if I remember correctly

beautiful creatures.pngSo that’s only seven, but I’d say that’s not bad, clearly I’m just good at remembering the plots at books!

What books have you liked but now you think about them can’t really remember much about? Let me know!

All my links are Amazon affiliate links so if you do choose to buy a book based on my recommendations I’ll earn a little bit of money! Thanks guys!